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Ellis Island Foundation’s Stephen Briganti Recognized


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Stephen-A.-Briganti-HeadshotAt the 2014 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting, OAH President Alan M. Kraut and OAH President-Elect Patricia Limerick presented Stephen A. Briganti, president and chief executive officer of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, with the 2014 Friend of History Award.

The OAH gives the Friend of History Award to an institution or organization, or an individual working primarily outside college or university settings, for outstanding support of historical research, the public presentation of American history, or the work of the OAH. Continue reading

Major Study Finds Park Service History ‘Imperiled’


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A new report examining the practice and presentation of American history at the National Park Service (NPS) from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) conclude that “the agency’s ability to manage its sites… has been imperiled by the agency’s weak support for its history workforce, by agency structures that confine history in isolated silos, by longstanding funding deficiencies, by often narrow and static conceptions of history’s scope, and by timid interpretation.”

“All but a handful of” of NPS historians responding to a survey conducted for the study painted a “bleak picture” of the state of the agency historical efforts: Continue reading